Orrden Williams, a father of two in Memphis, Tennessee, was simply trying to do the right thing when he agreed to escort Mary Fuller out to her car, which was surrounded by a crowd of unruly teens.
Fuller, an elderly woman, expressed to Williams that she was frightened by the scuffling teenagers, who were “raising a ruckus.”
“I said, ‘I don’t know if I ought to walk out of here or not, because they’re still fighting,’ ” Fuller told WMC-TV. “He said, ‘It’s not a problem. I’ll take care of this.’ ”
And so Orrden did.
“I put my arms around her, told her it would be OK, and walked her out of the store,” he added.
As the two approached the car, Williams ordered the teens to calm down. As soon as Fuller was in the car — and Orrden Williams gave one of the boys his back — that’s when the first sucker-punch came in.
And then there were more, coming from every direction. Williams struggled to get back to his car, where his fiancée and two children — a toddler and a four-month-old infant — were watching the attack.
Fortunately, Williams got inside the car, sustaining minimal damage to his upper body. His fiancée and children were unharmed.
As the attack was occurring, many of the three dozen youths could be seen raising their arms, smiling, and cheering.
But for Orrden, there was nothing funny about it.
“This was a terrorist act,” said Williams. “This is a civilized society. We have no place for this.”
Fuller, the woman he helped, agreed.
“They don’t care about human beings,” Fuller added. “If I hadn’t been in the car, they’d have soon got me.”
It’s rare that a story like this comes along that showcases both the best and the worst in the current state of race relations within the U.S.
The antagonistic gang of black youths appeared to be upset with the sight of a black man helping a white woman to the point that it fueled their attack. At the same time, you have Orrden Williams and Mary Fuller walking out of the Memphis BP, a symbol of unity in a country where many years ago, one wouldn’t have thought it possible.
The attackers have not been apprehended at this time, but Williams did state he would be pressing charges should police be able to identify any of them.
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